Starving children. Photo courtesy of Fouad Debbas Collection
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WW1: The Famine of Mount Lebanon

As a proportion of the total population, more people died in Greater Syria than anywhere else in the world during the First World War.

In Mount Lebanon, a semi-autonomous province of the Ottoman Empire, a third of the population died of famine and disease.

As part of a BBC series looking at stories beyond the trenches, BBC Arabic's Carine Torbey visited the region to recount a story of suffering and survival.

Graphics by Chris West and Charlie Newland.

  • 24 Oct 2014
  • From the section World
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